Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas touts new legislation for veterans

U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas says recently passed legislation will help veterans who over the past few decades have been exposed to toxic waste.

At a roundtable meeting with veterans on Thursday, the senator discussed the “Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022.” It was approved with bipartisan support and signed into law last month by President Biden.

The bill aims to give health benefits to veterans suffering from exposure to toxic materials. As NPR reported in March, the Department of Veterans Affairs had routinely denied claims for ailments caused by such exposure.

We’ve had so many veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals as a result of the Gulf Wars,” Boozman said in an interview after the meeting. “They have big burn pits that they burn for months. Many of the people in those areas, as a result, have developed rare cancers. We are seeing women veterans. They are developing breast cancer in certain cases.